SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Under new legislation backed by state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, hotel and motel employees would receive training to help recognize human trafficking and quickly alert authorities.
“Human trafficking is largely underreported, and we need to make sure that we are doing all that we can to recognize instances of trafficking and take the steps necessary to intervene,” Mussman said. “Providing hotel workers with the training and resources they need to spot trafficking and notify authorities will help protect survivors and bring traffickers to justice.”
The Mussman-backed House Bill 3101 creates the Lodging Establishment Human Trafficking Recognition Training Act. Under this legislation, hotel and motel staff would receive training to help them recognize human trafficking operations and provide protocol for reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement.
“Raising awareness of human trafficking and creating legislation that aims to stop it is critical to making our state safer and protecting those who are at risk,” Mussman said. “Having staff in hotels and motels who are able to detect instances of trafficking and who are able to extend help to survivors is a huge step in ending human trafficking in Illinois.”
For more information, please contact Rep. Mussman’s constituent service office at 847-923-9104 or StateRepMussman@gmail.com.